Upcoming Events

February 2017

February 22, 2017, 6:30PM: Harvard Elementary Science Night

Event: Harvard Elementary Science Night

Date: Wednesday, 2/22/2017

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Harvard Elementary School, 810 Harvard Street Houston, TX 77007 – CENTRAL HOUSTON Google Map

Number of volunteers needed: Approximately 2 inside and 3-4 with telescopes outside

 

Email Outreach if you’d like to volunteer

February 23, 2017, 7:00PM: Cross Creek Ranch Dark Skies Party

Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear hosts an annual dark sky event every year, and there’s nothing that we love more than dark skies!We’ll come out with our telescopes and the community will shut off their lights so that we can enjoy some of the night sky’s treats with the residents of the neighborhood.The City of Fulshear actually tries to preserve the night skies with sensible ordinances, and we can use this opportunity to show them what it is they’re preserving.

EVENT: Cross Creek Ranch Dark Skies Party

DATE: Thursday, 2/23/2017

TIME: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

LOCATION: Cross Creek Ranch, Cross Creek Bend Ln, Fulshear, TX 77441 – FULSHEAR/FAR SW HOUSTON METRO

Number of volunteers needed: 6-8+ telescopes, could also have an indoors presentation.

Email Outreach if you’d like to volunteer.

February 24, 2017, 5:30PM: Starry, Starry Night at St. Francis Episcopal School

We’ll be out at St. Francis Episcopal School to share the night sky with the students and their families.

Event: Starry, Starry Night

Date: Friday, 2/24/2017

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: St. Francis Episcopal School, 2300 S. Piney Point Rd. Houston, TX 77063 – WEST HOUSTON

Number of volunteers needed: 4+ with telescopes.

Email Outreach if you wish to come out.

February 25, 2017, 10:00AM: Solar Observing at Lansdale Family Funday

Join us for solar observing at the Lansdale Community Center in southwest Houston.  The Lansdale Family Fun Day is a monthly event where we invite outside groups to demonstrate skills, hobbies and careers to children and families from the Sharpstown neigborhood of Houston, the most diverse portion of the most diverse city in America.  Email Outreach if you’d like to volunteer.

Event: Lansdale Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, 2/25/2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Lansdale Community Center, 8201 Roos Rd Houston, TX 77036 – SW HOUSTON

Number of volunteers needed: 4 people with the ability to observe the sun safely with their telescopes.

February 25, 2017, 5:00PM: Prime Night

February 26, 2017, 8:58AM: New Moon

March 03, 2017: March Meeting: Inspiring Lifelong Learners

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
HAS Seminar: Inspiring Lifelong Learners
General Meeting Speaker: 
Amy Jackson, Starry Sky Austin
About the General Meeting Presentation

Amy Jackson

What draws people into wanting to learn astronomy? And, more importantly, what can we do to keep them learning? Amy will discuss her personal experience teaching astronomy informally to children and adults and her recently published children's book about the night sky.

Amy is the founder and director of Starry Sky Austin. Amy attended the University of Houston where she earned her Bachelor of Physics. There she learned about astronomy and helped to re-open the University of Houston observatory. After graduating from UH she attended Rice University and graduated with a Master of Science Teaching degree and her Texas Teaching Certificate in Science grades 4-8. She taught at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in private and public schools. A mother of 3, Amy has years of experience teaching and working with the public. She has spent the past decade following her passion by inspiring Austin and the surrounding communities with hands-on astronomy classes and has recently published a children's book about the night sky. She is also currently employed as an astronomy educator at Travis County Milton Reimers Ranch Observatory.

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

March 04, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG hosts Amy Jackson at Dark Site

The WSIG will host our Friday night speaker, Amy Jackson of Starry Night Austin, at the dark site.

March 04, 2017, 7:53PM: Occultation of Aldebaran. Don't miss it

There’s an occultation of Aldebaran on March 4, 2017 beginning at 7:53:22.9 Central time and ending on March 5, at 00:04:50.5 Central time. 

For full details, see Bill Pellerin’s Shallow Sky article in the January GuideStar or on the website through the event.

March 14, 2017, 7:00AM: Board Meeting

HAS Board Meeting
Open to all members of HAS
Date: Tuesday March 14, 2017
Time: 7p–9p
Location: 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055.
Directions: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

March 18, 2017, 6:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:00-8:00 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:00-8:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:30-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

March 25, 2017, 5:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 7:36 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

*** THIS IS MESSIER MARATHON NIGHT AND 50 OBJECTS ON THE 45 ARE VISIBLE. CLEAR SKIES. PLEASE. ***

April 07, 2017: The Byurakan Observatory of Armenia

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Byurakan Observatory of Armenia
General Meeting Speaker: 
Larry Mitchell
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

April 15, 2017, 7:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

April 22, 2017, 6:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 7:57 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 29 April 2017

May 05, 2017: The Murray J Frank Planetarium

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Murray J Frank Planetarium
General Meeting Speaker: 
Sharon Rigsby, Director of the Murray J Frank Planetarium
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

May 20, 2017, 7:15PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 8:15 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

No Rain Date due to Texas Star Party

June 17, 2017, 7:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 8:28 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 24 June 2017

July 15, 2017, 7:30PM: WSIG Observatory Training

Ladies, get trained on the observatory telescopes! Learn to use the 12.5” diameter f/5 reflector and the 14” diameter C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. This is training so it’s on unless it’s totally clouded out or raining.

That’s not all, let’s continue on the HAS Texas 45! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand. The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 8:28 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. It’s required before taking Observatory Training. Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 22 July 2017

August 26, 2017, 7:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 16, 2017, 6:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 7:30 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t completed the online dark site training, it’s time! Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 23 Sep 2017

October 14, 2017, 6:30PM: HAS Weekend Star Party!

Details TBA, but it’s going to be BIG. (Last Quarter Moon)

Already know you want to pitch in? Contact ReneG@astronomyhouston.org.

Rain Date:  21 Oct 2017 (New Moon weekend)
Rain Date 2:   11 Nov 2017 (3rd Qtr Moon)
Rain Date 3:  18 Nov 2017 (New Moon)
Rain Date 4:  Better luck next year!

November 03, 2017: Space Radiation 101

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Space Radiation 101
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Beard
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

November 11, 2017, 4:00PM: WSIG Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand. The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 5:32 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Rain Date: 18 Nov 2017

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

December 09, 2017, 5:26PM: WSIG at Dark Site to Complete Texas 45

Ladies, get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

No Rain Date

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